We did a rare experiment tonight and put Gran Gala to blind test vs. the liqueur it’s designed to imitate: Grand Marnier.
This Italian liqueur even has the red ribbon and circular wax seal, just like Grand Marnier, and it promises it’s blended from “triple orange essence from the choicest oranges from Sicily.”
So, how’d it fare? All tasters agreed that they were “very different.” The Grand Marnier was deemed much more sugary-sweet, with the Gran Gala noted as more bittersweet. For my part, I found Grand Marnier a much more satisfying drink on its own, as the sweetness worked well for both aperitif and digestif. In a cocktail, however, I couldn’t really tell the difference, though one tester complained of an artificial sweetener taste in the drink.
So, the results? A tie: 2 testers each preferred Gran Gala and Grand Marnier. I like the real deal quite a bit more, but GG will work in a pinch.
80 proof. Aka GranGala.
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